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Will County criminal defense lawyer, heroin buyers, drug treatment programHeroin use and distribution is a serious problem in Illinois, and in particular Chicago and the surrounding areas. To help combat the heroin epidemic, the Chicago Police Department has developed a unique drug diversion program where the police can offer drug dealers the opportunity to enter into a drug rehabilitation program instead of facing jail time for drug-related offenses. Due to the success of the program, which has been in use since the spring of 2016, the Chicago Police Department has decided to scale up the program to see if more low-level drug offenders would be keen to the idea of seeking treatment instead of going to jail.

In March, law enforcement set up a reverse sting operation where they lured low-level heroin users to a location on the pretenses that the heroin users could buy dime bags of heroin, according to the Chicago Sun Times. The operation was the first time that the program had been extended to drug purchasers. Forty-one people who were caught as a result of the reverse sting operation elected to enroll in the drug treatment program rather than face jail time.

The idea behind the program is that if drug addicts are offered the opportunity to overcome their addiction, maybe they can be rehabilitated, which in turn would reduce the number of people who are addicted to drugs and and can reduce the number of people who commit drug-related offenses.

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Your Miranda Rights and Your Illinois Criminal ChargesAny fan of police dramas or law enforcement reality shows should be familiar with the Miranda warnings: “You have the right to remain silent. Anything you say can and will be used against you in a court of law. You have the right to an attorney. If you cannot afford an attorney, one will be provided to you by the court.” These warnings – named after the decision in Miranda v. Arizona, which first required these warnings to be given – are a common feature in many Will County criminal cases.

When are Miranda Warnings Required?

However, law enforcement officers do not always give these Miranda warnings. While there may be some consequences to this decision, they may not necessarily be as serious as some criminal defendants might think:

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lawful traffic stop in illinois, Will County traffic lawyerThe sight of flashing emergency lights in your rearview mirror is never pleasant. Depending on your circumstances, you may feel annoyed that your travel is interrupted – or you may be terrified of what will happen next, especially if you just left a bar or party where alcohol was served. You may even be confused as to why you are being pulled over, especially if you believe you were driving in a safe and prudent manner. A knowledgeable Joliet defense attorney may need to examine the facts of your case to determine if the officer’s stop of your vehicle was lawful.

Reasonable Suspicion is Needed to Stop a Vehicle in Illinois

Under Illinois law, a law enforcement officer needs reasonable suspicion that you have committed or are in the process of committing a crime before he or she can stop your car and investigate. Reasonable suspicion requires something more than a mere “hunch” or “gut feeling” that you are connected to criminal activity. This is satisfied if at the time law enforcement stops you the law enforcement officer:

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top reasons to hire an attorney, joliet criminal defense lawyerIf you have been charged with a crime, a criminal defense attorney can challenge evidence and effectively negotiate with prosecutors. However, if negotiating is not in your best interests, the lawyer has the option to present the case to a judge or jury to prove your innocence. It is important to take precautionary measures with dealing with a criminal charge. You could have a public defender handle your case, but if the charges are serious enough, hiring an experienced attorney can be better for your future.

1. A criminal defense lawyer can provide an in-depth analysis of your case.

You and your criminal attorney can sit down and speak privately about your case. At that time, you will be able to discuss and review the prosecutor’s evidence. Your attorney will then investigate the allegations and give you an honest and confidential review of your situation.

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